The first annual Walk for Independence was held at Cove
Island Park in Stamford on Sunday, May 20. Close to one
hundred people met at the park to show support for ARI and
to take a stroll along the beautiful
shoreline. Staff, families, clients
and volunteers joined together
to participate in the first event
where the entire ARI community
raised awareness and funds
The Walk Committee, led
by Allan Sussman, worked
tirelessly to create an event that
would promote wellness and
would advocate involvement
for all. We wish to thank our major sponsors: The Advocate
and 95.9 The Fox, our lead sponsors: Bruce Supply; Bruce,
Jack and Joe Weksler; Ted and Lou Vitanza; Dellon Sales
Company; Fox & Fox Esq.; Malloy Real Estate; Martin
Sales, Inc., and our mileage sponsors: The Russo Family;
Viking Construction Finn O’Connor; Grunberger Jewelers;
Thomson; Creative Pension Design and Administration;
J.E.S. Plumbing & Heating Corp.; Goodway Printing &
Graphics; Delphi Plumbing; Fairfield Monument Co.;
Joe Russo; IGA Stamford; A.G. Bisset Co., Inc.; and
SignCrafters, as well as our team sponsors and walkers.
We will see you all next spring!
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A L W AY S R E A C H I N G F O R I N D E P E N D E N C E W W W. A R I C T. O R G
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EVERY GIFT IS
Enriching the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling
them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work and in the community.
1st Annual Walk for Independence
The ARI Youth Corp has
been brought back to life by
a group of teens from local
high schools. Since their first
meeting in January they have
met monthly with Gerard
Gasparino to plan spending
time with ARI clients and aiding in various events.
They attended holiday parties and made a concerted
effort to support the new Walk for Independence.
Their first season has been a great success and we look
forward to their future involvement.
We are a community provider organization